06 Jul Walking By Faith
After many months of preparation, lots of discussions regarding exam dates, holiday dates, camp dates, Girls’ Brigade meetings on Wednesday evenings, trainings after church on Sundays with packed lunches, fundraising events….it all came to an abrupt stop in the middle of March! Our much anticipated Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition had to be postponed.
A group of 11 girls and 3 leaders from West GB were due to head to the Lake District (in the North Lakes Area, around Ullswater) at the end of June/start of July for 6 days to complete a 4-day Expedition, walking at least 8 hours each day.
The 2 groups had been decided and we had been working hard on our practice (in the Mournes) and qualifying routes which were ready for submission. Everyone was well prepared.
However, although hours had been spent on map reading and compass work skills you really don’t know what the weather will throw at you. If a fog suddenly comes down on the mountain it is so easy to lose your bearings and head in the wrong direction. That is when the route cards, maps, compasses and all the preparation become really worthwhile.
This brings a verse from 2 Corinthians 5:7 to mind,
‘I will walk by faith even when I cannot see’.
Walking by faith requires us to have courage, confidence, determination and a longing to follow God’s plan.
Just as the girls would have to follow their route card which gives instruction on the way forward, especially when they couldn’t see in front of them, so God’s Word can lead us and guide us at such times in our lives when we are unsure of the way.
For us to be guided by His word we must take time to read it and seek to understand it, just as the girls take time to prepare for their expedition.
That guidance may take us way out of our comfort zone and in a direction we had never anticipated. We might be led into situations we never thought we could deal with or work through or to places we had never dreamt we would visit, but we must be willing to let God guide us and take us on the journey He has planned for us which will be the most important journey we can take.
Our Expedition will, all being well, take place same time, same place next year and maybe this postponement will give us the opportunity to be better prepared (especially with our fitness!).
However, the mountains in our lives will always be there, and when we are about to embark on a tough climb we should all bring to mind Psalm 121:1-2;
‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.’
If we have confidence and faith in our Lord, He will be with us as we journey and with His help we can make it safely to the top of the mountain where He longs for us to be.